Travelled with my wife and 2 yr old son on a spur of the moment holiday - booked direct with hotel. Stayed in a twin share room for 4 nights. From the outside the hotel, as others have commented, its not that attractive and having read the reviews regarding the darkness of the rooms I was a tad concerned. The intent of this holiday was to spend time in a town which my wife and I enjoy visiting but also just tune out & relax in the hotel room. This objective was admirably met by the Comfort Inn & Suites.
Our room had two queen size beds, a generous cupboard, bar fridge, desk, flatscreen tv, two chairs, a table and the ensuite. Nonetheless we did not feel crowded or cramped, there was still room to move and we never felt crowded. The ensuite had enough room for all 3 of us at the same time if the 2 yr old insisted on making cleaning his teeth a family activity! The furnishings were very comfortable, both beds/mattresses were firm but comfortable. The bar fridge was a slightly bigger one that I've encountered for similar hotel rooms, we were able to store upto 4 1.25 litre softdrink bottles plus other liquids and food stuffs in it comfortably. Usual tea/coffee facilities - large kettle - 8 cups? - and a microwave (which was a nice touch but one we didn't use). One thing that we appreciated was excess of pillows our room was provided with - enough to prop yourself up while watching tv or reading and plenty left over to place on the floor in case the young gentleman rolled over the blocking pillow and ended up on the floor while sleeping (if you weren't paying attention).
As far as the lighting in the room went, our room's windows were east facing so received plenty of sun in the morning but yes if you didn't have the lights on by the afternoon it could be dark. However the lighting was not obtrusive either, there was no central 'main' light instead there were 3 wall mounted lights and two bedside lights - all individually controlled, rarely did we have more than 2 or 3 lights on at any one time in the late afternoon or evening. I did walk past several open rooms during our stay and would suggest that a lack of natural light could be an issue particularly for the ground floor rooms regardless of aspect...
The hotel is located on Bakery Hill just over the road from a range of restaurants, including McDonalds, Nandos and numerous others. Its a 10 minute walk (family-speed) maximum to Lydiard St (the center? of the Ballarat CBD), same, if not less to Supermarkets and it has off street parking. So its location is great, apart from visits to Sovereign Hill and Lake Wendouree we left the car behind and walked.
Suprisingly for a place of this size (21 rooms?) it does run to a indoor, heated pool. We tried it twice, first time it wasn't heated - but they just had the pool person in looking at that and was taking some time to warm up. Second time it was fine for a brief dip, I thought it was nice and warm, my wife thought it was still too cool and my son loved it!
The service received was very good. We arrived early and were able to check in immediately. I had a timing issue of paying for the stay in full and they accomodated me in a friendly manner. At one stage during our stay my wife was juggling a stroller and the 2 yr old and a staff member appeared out of nowhere to assist. Room was cleaned very well each day, until the final day we always had more towels than we actually needed, toiletries were provided & replenished daily (a hit and miss affair in some places I've stayed)
While the hotel offers breakfast and a limited range of meals we never bothered to access due its location to so many other eating facilities.
The main cons would be the exterior appearance (a bit drab), lack of any view - (we had a view of a camping gear carpark and the property backs onto a wasteland used for parking by other tenants) and access to natural light but these are subjective and the importance depends on your reasons for staying. As a recreational base for exploring Ballarat and its environs then this is pretty good.
We've previously stayed, several times, at the Mid-City at Ballarat which also has a great location and offers a conveniant buffet breakfast however for a few dollars more the Comfort Inn & Suites provides a much more comfortable and friendly stay. My wife and myself were impressed and satisfied with our rooms amenities and enjoyed our comfortable stay. Will try for this Hotel on our next stay in Ballarat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Comfort Inn & Suites City Views is one of Ballarat's newest contemporary properties located in the heart of the city on Historic Bakery Hill.The Four Star property is perfectly positioned within the central business district across from the Bridge Mall shopping precint and within walking distance to restaurants, hotels, day spas, antique shops, the art gallery, cinema and theatre.Soverign Hill, the Wildlife Park and Lake Wendouree are only a five minute drive away.The beautifully appointed rooms feature all the modern comforts, including wireless broadband internet and free cable T.V.The property also features an indoor heated pool, guest laundry and DVD players for hire.The Comfort Inn & Suites City Views is affordable luxury! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Inn Ballarat
- Ballarat Comfort Inn
- Comfort Inn & Suites City Views Ballarat, Victoria